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Summer for the kids
Movies in the park
Gather the kids for a free family friendly outdoor movie on the third Saturday of the month June to August in Julia Davis Park or every Friday night through the summer in Settlers Park in Meridian.
Swim at the Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube
One of Boise's oldest public pools has generations of fans.
Ride the slides at Roaring Springs Waterpark
Let the kids fling themselves down massive waterslides while you try to avoid a sunburn.
Play mini golf at Wahooz Family Fun Zone
One of the two outdoor courses ends with a giant flame-throwing tiki head. If that's not your thing, there are go-carts, laser tag and bumper boats, too.
Hit the skatepark
Eagle Skatepark, Eagle
Fort Boise Skatepark, Boise
Gem Island Skatepark, Emmett
Kuna Skatepark, Kuna
McMillan Skatepark, West Boise
Pipe Dreams Skatepark, Caldwell
Rhoades Skatepark, Downtown Boise
Stampede Skatepark, Nampa
Tully Skatepark, Meridian
The perfect place when childhood involves a set of wheels, a giant concrete bowl and a really good helmet.
Ride the rides at the Western Idaho Fair
Spinning around until you think you're going to throw up is a rite of passage.
Visit the Discovery Center of Idaho
Hands-on science exhibits are education in disguise. The famous Bodies exhibit will fill the museum starting in September.
Ride the paddleboats in Julia Davis Park
See if you can paddle hard enough to make a wake.
Visit the MK Nature Center
An urban escape the adults will like as much as the kids.
Play in the sprinklers
Because childhood requires it.
Visit Zoo Boise
Watch for cool camps, educational programs and even the chance to stay in the zoo overnight.
Swimming beach at Eagle Island State Park
Can say anyone say "sandcastles"?
Wet Wild Parade in Eagle
Saturday, June 9 eaglechamber.com
Be prepared to get soaked at this signature Eagle Fun Days event.
Dairy Days Parade
Friday, June 15 dairydays.org
Old-fashioned family entertainment with lots of cows.
Sun Valley Summer Ice Shows
Some of the top skaters in the world show up to perform on the tiny outdoor rink in the mountains.
Saturday, Sept. 1- Monday, Sept. 3 visitsunvalley.com
Labor Day weekend is filled with antique fairs, barbecue, a Western shootout and the famous Big Hitch Parade.